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The Effective Director Masterclass

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Regulatory as well as global shifts in the way stakeholders engage with public and private corporations, parastatals and NGOs require that directors of these institutions are constantly under pressure to keep up with their governance competencies. The Effective Director Masterclass is a programme designed for individuals who have already attended a foundational corporate governance programme, but need to take on a deeper dive into key aspects of oversight and monitoring that are required for the 21st century director.

Key Focus Areas

Using case studies of actual Eastern African companies, the one and a half day programme will provide participants with the opportunity to take a deeper look at three key organizational aspects that are inextricably intertwined.

They include:

Executing Strategy:

A strategy is only as good as the people who execute it. This session is aimed at examining strategic intentions of the case study targets, the culture that led to the successes or failures and whether the companies in question had the fanatical discipline, creativity and productivity to deliver on the strategic

Identifying Operational Risk:

Boards tend to focus primarily on the financial risk of the entity, which is addressed through a periodic and constant review of the organization’s financial performance. However, every organization attracts a significant operational risk that can destroy enterprise value if not effectively identified, monitored and mitigated against. This session allows directors of public, private and non-profit organizations to identify what key operational risks exist in the entity and whether appropriate mechanisms have been put in place to address the same.

Financial Implications:

Boards are operational entities with the attendant challenges around effectiveness and performance. This session will provide participants with tools to enable them to identify the financial efficiency of the strategy as well as the efficiency of the risk mitigants that management has put in place.

Special Features

The sessions use actual case studies and a combination of learning aids and approached such as syndicate group discussions and peer group learning. The training will be in a relaxed, country setting where peer discussions and faculty feedback will generate stimulating debate and cogent outcomes for the experienced director.

Who should attend

Directors who have had basic but fundamental corporate governance training, as well as having served at least two years on boards of listed companies, parastatals, private companies as well as NGOs


Dr. David Wang’ombe is the Dean, School of Management and Commerce at Strathmore University. He has lectured accounting and finance courses both at University and tertiary level for over 10 years. He is a BA (Hons) and MBA graduate of the University of Nairobi and a Certified Public Accountant of...
David is currently faculty at Strathmore Business School, Strathmore University where he teaches Accounting, Finance and related subjects. He is also the Academic Director (Ag.) for the MSc. in Development Finance. Prior to joining Strathmore, David worked at KPMG Kenya in the Risk Consulting dep...
Carol Musyoka has over 10 years of financial leadership experience working in Kenya and the United States. She has extensive deal origination, negotiation, structuring and execution experience, having been involved in several landmark corporate finance transactions in Kenya. Her executive managem...
Herta von Stiegel is the founder and Executive Chair of Ariya Capital Group Limited, an investor and developer focusing on clean energy and infrastructure investments in Africa. With over 25 years of international management, finance and board level experience, she has a consistent track record o...


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